Passionate about sports and design? Is the word average not in your vocabulary? Do you thrive in a creative and collaborative environment? Want to work in one of the biggest U.S. markets? Read on.

The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., the largest paper in New Jersey and 16th largest in the nation, seeks a lead sports designer to deliver grab-you-by-the-collar covers every night. What do we bring to the table? The Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Devils and Rangers. And Rutgers, which has moved into the Big Ten. We also cover MLS and the WNBA, plus stops on PGA and WGA tours. Did we mention the award-winning photographers?

You also will be part of a Universal Desk that has won the ACES headline award two years running, and a sports department that has cleaned up at APSE for several years. Using these elements, you will produce amazing pages every night.

We are looking for someone with outstanding, edgy design talent who will go beyond creating daily section covers and branch into enterprise graphics, explainer pages and special sections. Page-design skills are a must, but you also must be a journalist at heart — familiar with and well-read in all sports coverage so that you can best tell the day's stories.

o you want to go beyond sports? Great, because our designers take on the challenge of special projects in other sections of the paper.
And Jersey is so much more than those reality TV shows. We've got the inimitable Shore, terrific music scenes in Hoboken and Newark. For the kids, excellent schools, and Liberty Science Center in the North and Six Flags Great Adventure in the South. Great museums, restaurants, parks, mountains and farms. Jersey has it all.

The details: We're looking for candidates with at least two years of experience and talent for visual storytelling for print and online, and willingness to collaborate with editors, photographers and reporters. High-level graphic design and typography skills are requirements.

E-mail your résumé and work samples to:

Joe Hannan, director of news production,
Jennifer Potash, director of news production,